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Who uses Rossi 92s?  Any good dope on these?

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I do, i love them! I have two, my main match rifle in stainless and my back up which i really dont know why i have a back up 92... they almost never break, unlike that other rifle...

 

Very well made guns, they are like the ak47 of lever guns, built like tanks

 

get the "steves gunz" spring kit and dvd... you'll be glad you did!!!

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Have 3 that I have been shooting for several years as my main match rifle. It does take some experimentation to find the right bullet profile and cartridge OAL that a given rifle will like.

 

Nate Kiowa Jones is the expert on them and if you want one ready to run that is where I would buy it. If you are really handy with tools you can do the work yourself.

 

Steve's Gunz

The Rossi 92 Specialist

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See "Marauder's Rifle Tips". also go to Steve's Gunz to learn just about everything you'll need to know about these fine little guns.

 

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My first SASS type rifle was a Rossi 92 in .44 Magnum.   It served me well.   It was sometimes finicky when trying to run .44 Specials in it, but switching to the Magnums, downloaded, did away with any troubles I was having.   Mine is a pre-safety model, and I really like it.   

I eventually got another 92 that had a really BAD action.   (Armi San Marco) After I had it smoothed out, and also got a real Winchester, I "discovered' that the action on my Rossi was just a little clunky.  Keep in mind that it had never been an issue for me until I compared it to 92s with better actions.   Anyway, I had my Rossi smoothed out a little, and now it's one heck of a fine gun.    Don't use it all that often anymore, but every once in a while I do dig it out.  I really don't like the goofy safety on the new ones, but what can you do?   I did get a new one for my brother a couple of years ago, and he says it works well for him.   He did have it smoothed out a bit, but it would have been okay as is.

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I bought one in the 1980's, when I had an ffl license.  When most everyone was buying the '92 in .44 magnum, I bought mine in .44 wcf.  It is an early one, with a 3 digit serial number, and no "wing" safety on the top of the receiver.  It is in the saddle ring carbine version.  It is built like an anvil, and has really tight tolerances.  I never have sent it off to get anything done to it.  Over time, it has smoothed out from use, but I would send it to Nate Kiowa Jones, if I had it to do over again, for him to do his magic on it, and smooth it out. 

Years ago, I heard a lot of complaints on here about the '92 had a notion to "stovepipe", but mine never exhibited that. 

I know Chiappa makes the model '92 now, but back when I bought mine, Rossi was the only game in town, unless you saved up and bought a Winchester.

I have only seen the Chiappa advertised on the gun web-sites that are in .45 Colt caliber.  I am not sure they offer them in any other caliber, but they may.  I just haven't seen any for sale. 

But, if the new Rossi's are like mine, they are made really well, and aside from the external "wing" safety on the top of the receiver (that I would remove about a nano-second after I purchased it), they are really a quality rifle.

 

My Two Bits.

W.K.

 

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I have .45 & .38/.357 carbines and like them both. The .38/.357 is picky about OAL of the cartridge. Both have the metal follower and had some tuning via the dvd. The secret sauce of a light action revolves around the ejector spring. Other things contribute to a smooth action, but the ejector has the most dramatic effect. I think I was influenced by the movies and TV of the 50's and '60's since they mainly featured the '92 carbine regardless of time period. 

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Got a Rossi Puma and its very smooth, slick  and fast action 1892 .38/357.

16"  Barrel.   Purchased 33 years ago.  Also had a Rossi 44 magnum. Used that many years in  cowboy action shooting.

 

Photo below with Reg & Large loop levers & another shorter stock.

 

 

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The Rossi rifles I owned were in .45 Colt. Both would give 50-yard, 3'" groups with 250 gr. RNFP. I didn't need three, so I let two go. Also, they did not break down. 

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Have 3: two 45 Colts and one 38 Spl that I modified to 32-20

One of the 45's has probably close to 15,000 black powder reloads down the bore. Zero issues with any of the possible things that can happen

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I've two in .45 Colt.  The first is a stainless steel carbine that Rossi introduced as a limited run of 2000 way back in the day. 

That had been my primary gun (worked over by Nate Kiowa Jones) for many years until I bought a blue 24" octogonal barrel

rifle direct from Nate.  They're both built like tanks, and will probably out last me by a hundred years.

 

The model 92 is so hell for stout that they chamber it in .454 Casull. 

 

Look around and you can find some videos of just how fast the gun can be cycled.  Most of us cannot out shoot the gun,

although there are good reasons (shorter throw, flat feeding, etc.) that might make one prefer the 66 or 73 lever guns. 

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I have one in a 45 Colt. Was the first cowboy rifle I purchased when I entered the sport 9 years ago. Although I have moved on to other rifles, my wife claims and shoots it now. I have yet to have an issue with it.

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Love mine. I have  2 short rifles, one in .44 mag and .357 mag, and 2 carbines in the same calibers. Also have an interarms carbine pre-safety. Slicked all of em up myself and they run great. Built like tanks, I really run the lever hard without fear of breaking anything. Only wish they could be short stroked!

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17 hours ago, Col Del Rio said:

Who uses Rossi 92s?  Any good dope on these?

If you're asking whether it's okay for the game, yes it is.

 

If you're asking whether it's the best or in the top three for the game, no it is not.

 

Phantom

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17 hours ago, Boomstick Bruce said:

I do, i love them! I have two, my main match rifle in stainless and my back up which i really dont know why i have a back up 92... they almost never break, unlike that other rifle...

 

Very well made guns, they are like the ak47 of lever guns, built like tanks

 

get the "steves gunz" spring kit and dvd... you'll be glad you did!!!

what "other Rifle" what breaks?

 

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22 minutes ago, Hillbilly Drifter said:

what "other Rifle" what breaks?

 

Don't bother asking...he's just "Championing" his choice of rifles by putting down others.

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I have this older .357 that shoots great.....

 

but it can't hold a candle to my '73.

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Money gun the Rossi 92 short rifle in .44wcf.  The fun rifle is the Lighting.  The 94, 73, 66, Henry, and 1860 Henry in .44 WCF all fall between the first two.  Most of the old timers used the Uberti guns.  Today you have a wide range of rifles to pick from.  The 92 has one of the strongest actions, seen what seemed a double charge in one and it didn't come apart.  All rounds pulled had a double charge is why I said seemed.  

 

Mine are tight chambered so reloading I make sure the round is sized for it.  .427 works the best for me.  The Rossi is a good gun to start with and play with for years.  

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6 hours ago, Hillbilly Drifter said:

what "other Rifle" what breaks?

 

 

That one with the toggle link I always see people digging at with a screw knife...B)

 

My dream rifle is an engraved nickel saddle ring carbine "codymatic" in 45acp... but my bank account says "keep dreaming" lol

 

 

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5 hours ago, Fence Cutter said:

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I have this older .357 that shoots great.....

 

but it can't hold a candle to my '73.

 

We need a "wow" button! What a beauty!!!

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I have two Rossi's.  One is an old model "Puma" in .44 Mangle-em and the other is their old M65 in .44-40.  Neither have safeties other than the half-cock notch.  Both needed a bit of smoothing initially, especially on the ejector spring (which I think was stolen from a railroad freight car truck!).  Cut one-and-a-half turns off and compressed the spring in a bench vice.  As fast as the toggle-link actions?  According to a lot of folks, no, but they time me with an hour glass anyway.  But a 20" barrel and the separate magazine tube, make them a lot lighter than the 24" M1860 Henry rifle (Navy Arms import) I used when I first started in CAS, and easier on my old back.  The Rossi's can almost be shot on-handed!  Basic premise: try before you buy.

Stay well, Pard!

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If you think that the Rossi...or the 92 design in general, only has the one negative of not being as "Fast" as a 73/66/Marlin 94, you'd just be kidding yourself.

 

Again, if you have the gun, shoot it and have fun!!!

 

But let's not try and pretend that it's almost as good for this game as the "Toggle Link" guns or the Marlin 94.

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Started out with a Rossi 92 in 38/357. Lasted me about 6 mos. Fired a friend's CodyMatic Uberti '73 and ordered one that day. The 92 is in the safe, hasn't seen daylight in 4 years. Bought a Marlin '94 for possible B Western use and a couple more CocyMatic Uberti '73s since then.  

 

I've seen people like Deuce Stevens run the '92 but nobody I know and shoot with can run one as fast as they can run the '73. So, yes the 92 can be competitive, but most people seem to be able to run the 73 faster.  

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